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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-15-2016 02:31 PM 452 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a text from my wife who was out at a meeting this morning. Says she has some carpentry work for me, a rustic dining room table. Now I know full well, this is not for us. We don’t even have a dining room! So that means this is to be paid work! I only hope the customer isn’t too picky on details and such.

Those of you who have read my profile know that tables are about as big as I go for projects. I have a small shop and usually do big stuff outside. It’s October now. This might turn out a minor hassle being restricted to indoors, but maybe it will be okay. Presuming this happens I’ll do a progress series.

Good news is that I do know a bit about building tables. I’ve done two in my life, one so-so and one rather good, (not counting two picnic tables.)

[EDIT] I decided not to take this on. A 12 foot long table is too big for my small workspace. I think even Norm Abram would have trouble with it in his barn.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 10-15-2016 03:03 PM

Tables are not that complicated, just remember one important issue, don’t make it any larger than the exit doors from the shop to outside.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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nomercadies

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#2 posted 10-15-2016 03:06 PM

What is this “paid work” of which you speak? Not familiar with it.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 10-15-2016 03:07 PM



Tables are not that complicated, just remember one important issue, don t make it any larger than the exit doors from the shop to outside.

- Oldtool

That’s a good point. I’ve just been told that the table is to be 12 feet long! An interesting build to be sure.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 10-15-2016 03:09 PM



What is this “paid work” of which you speak? Not familiar with it.

- nomercadies

It’s the latest thing! I rarely encounter it myself. Pretty much I thought it was a YouTube myth.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 10-15-2016 10:49 PM

I haven’t been contacted yet, but I’m thinking about the logistics. How does one transport a 12 foot long table. I doubt if even a large pick up truck would do. I’d have to rent something like a Home Depot truck, plus moving blankets.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 10-16-2016 01:54 AM


I haven t been contacted yet, but I m thinking about the logistics. How does one transport a 12 foot long table. I doubt if even a large pick up truck would do. I d have to rent something like a Home Depot truck, plus moving blankets.

- Dave Rutan


2 short bed pick ups would do, driving side by side. Simple!

-- God bless, Candy

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nomercadies

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#7 posted 10-16-2016 03:20 AM

A car hauling trailer or a small rental truck from Budget or U-Haul.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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nomercadies

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#8 posted 10-16-2016 03:21 AM

It isn’t necessarily the truck you use but the number of beast people you need to carry half a house through a door.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#9 posted 10-16-2016 03:29 AM

Dont rent anyting just use the mattress off your bed, place it on the roof and then the table upside down on top.
Wind down the windows ratchet strap the back on from the outside get in and then ratchet strap the front down from the inside, make sure you go for a wee first.
Wear a pair of sun glasses! Travel to the customer then do the reverse, you can pass on the wee part this time.

-- Regards Robert

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Dave Rutan

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#10 posted 10-16-2016 12:04 PM

I actually have an idea, although I need to run it by the customer. I’ve been officially contacted now. The table is not designed yet, but my thought on transportability was to make an 8 foot long section in the middle with the planks running lengthwise, then have two 2-foot ‘breadboard style’ ends that can be removed for transport. The seam between the two parts would need to be very very good (flat). I need to do research on 12 foot long tables.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#11 posted 10-17-2016 08:07 AM

Oh Dave I am shattered…you didnt like my low budget table transit fix
Your not my BFF any more….sniffle…...sniffle

Maybe you just dont have a pair of sunglasses eh?

-- Regards Robert

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Dave Rutan

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#12 posted 10-17-2016 10:26 AM



Oh Dave I am shattered…you didnt like my low budget table transit fix
Your not my BFF any more….sniffle…...sniffle

Maybe you just dont have a pair of sunglasses eh?

- robscastle

It’s true. I misplaced my clip on sunglasses last year and haven’t bothered looking for them yet. I think they’re somewhere under my seat in my car.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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nomercadies

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#13 posted 10-17-2016 11:28 AM

This has a chance to be an excellent “how to” episode of reality television, or a great lost episode of The Three Stooges … minus two. Either way, I am a fan.

Kind of reminds me of the time my uncle used magnets to secure his Compaq to the underside of his desk.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Dave Rutan

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#14 posted 10-19-2016 04:49 PM

I decided not to take this on. A 12 foot long table is too big for my small workspace. I think even Norm Abram would have trouble with it in his barn.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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